Republican stunts prolong budget standoff

HARRISBURG, Aug. 25, 2015 – Instead of working with Governor Tom Wolf to reach an agreement that reinvests in schools and community services, House Republican leaders are playing political games that waste tax dollars and prolong the budget stalemate.

Following today’s likely unconstitutional action by House Republicans, the Pennsylvanian State Council of the Service Employees International Union issued the following statement:

“These are the partisan gimmicks that make the Legislature incredibly unpopular. Instead of working with the governor to restore education funding and invest in critical services, Republican leaders are prolonging the stalemate through an unconstitutional scheme meant to score political points.

“Governor Wolf was right to veto the Republican’s sham budget. It was a fifth Tom Corbett budget that won’t fix the damage from the past, or reinvest in education with a commonsense severance tax.

“Instead, Republican leaders are more interested in protecting handouts to drillers and offered a ridiculous 3 cents per day per student increase in education. That does nothing to lower class sizes, restore educational programs or cut property taxes.

“The people of Pennsylvania deserve better. It’s time for Republicans to take the budget seriously and negotiate with the governor in good faith.”

This statement is attributable to Gabe Morgan, SEIU Pennsylvania State Council President and Pennsylvania director of SEIU 32BJ, Neal Bisno, Secretary-Treasurer of the State Council and President of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, Tom Herman, President of SEIU Local 668, and David Melman, Manager of the PA Joint Board of Workers United.

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